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Broadening Canada-China Science and Technology Cooperation

The Canada-China Joint Committee (CCJC) on Science and Technology Cooperation held its 6th session on February 24-25, 2016, at Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa.

Established in 2007 to provide strategic direction for the implementation of the Agreement for Scientific and Technological Cooperation between the Government of Canada and the Government of the People’s Republic of China, this initiative is led by the Department of Global Affairs and the Ministry of Science and Technology for China. It brings together Canadian federal departments, research institutes and industry as well as Chinese counterparts.

Dr. Gilles Saindon, Agriculture and Agri-food Canada’s (AAFC) Science and Technology Branch (STB) Associate Assistant Deputy Minister (A/ADM), is the Canadian co-chair of the Agriculture and Food sector, which is a significant component of the CCJC. The Committee meets every two years to report on accomplishments and discuss priority areas for the following two-year Action Plan.

One major achievement of this 6th session of the CCJC was the addition of participating departments and agencies from both countries. This resulted in the addition of regulatory science to the scope of our collaboration with China, which is critical for ensuring evidence-based decision making on trade issues.  Participants in addition to AAFC included:

Science and technology capacities as well as priority areas from each organization were presented and potential collaboration opportunities of mutual interest discussed. Denis Petitclerc, STB’s Director General of Ontario and Quebec, provided an update on cooperation achievements under the 2013-2015 Action Plan and presented STB’s priority areas for the next Action Plan.

Discussions among participants confirmed the following key deliverables for inclusion in the 2016-2018 Action Plan for the Agriculture and Food sector:

The 2016-2018 CCJC Action Plan is expected to be finalized in May 2016.

Another highlight of the session was the presentation to Dr. Vern Burrows, an emeritus scientist at AAFC Ottawa Research and Development Centre, of the International Scientific and Technological Cooperation Award of the People’s Republic of China, in recognition of the tremendous accomplishments he achieved in China regarding the development of oats. Read the News Release, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Scientist Receives Honour from China, for more information.

Award presentation to Dr. Vern Burrows.

Presentation of China's International Science and Technology Cooperation Award to Dr. Vern Burrows, emeritus scientist at AAFC.

2016 Canada-China Joint Committee on Science and Technology Cooperation

6th session of the Canada-China Joint Committee on Science and Technology Cooperation, held February 24-25, 2016.

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